American progressive/power metal veterans Symphony X are set to return with the album Underworld, set for a July 24 release via Nuclear Blast. It's their ninth studio effort, and first since 2011's Iconoclast.

Guitarist Michael Romeo reveals more details about the album, saying, "“Musically, Underworld has things reminiscent of the bands previous albums but this one definitely has its own individuality. Every element added was in service of the song, so the album flows and becomes a total listening experience from start to finish. Every song is to-the-point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record."

"It is heavy and aggressive as f--k when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times," Romeo continues. "I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch and really fine-tuned. You know, industry people have talked about how we’ll never see a complete album again, and that idea. I wanted to defend the reputation of the album, and really try to make Underworld worth listening to as a whole record."

Romeo concludes, "It’s what I love about great individual songs, but still an album experience. I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching, but it was a point we wanted to make. It was about the progression of the whole record. It speeds up here and then it dips down here. It all makes sense together, it all works together and it all flows together.”

Symphony X have a North American co-headlining tour with Overkill that begins in September. For all the dates, go here.

Symphony X, Underworld Track Listing

01. "Overture"
02. "Nevermore"
03. "Underworld"
04. "Without You"
05. "Kiss Of Fire"
06. "Charon"
07. "Hell And Back"
08. "In My Darkest Hour"
09. "Run With The Devil"
10. "Swansong"
11. "Legend"

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